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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

People across the Brazos Valley took time to remember slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. who would have turned 77 Sunday.

"He was a great man, great man,” said James Boone, a local resident.

"He brought us from a long way," said Leonard Walden, a local resident.

"He was a hero for our nation," said Billy Robinson, another local resident.

"He was a peace keeper and a great man," said Elijah Smith, a local resident.

"So thankful for him, really I am," said Cristiana Ford-Hamilton, a local resident.

Many reflected on his teachings and say they are still learning from him, even 35 years after his death.

"The measure of man is not measured by how he reacts in times of comfort but how he acts in times of controversy," said Kenneth Robinson, local resident.

"You can make a change in this country without violence," said Boone.

"Love plus love equals love," Robinson.

"We should be nice to each other and be friends," said Smith.

"Peace, love, standing up for the down trod, the disenfranchised and the poor," said Joseph Rodriguez, a local resident.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech. But generations later, local residents are still heeding the call to make a difference and that's why Dr. King's dream lives on.

"Even here in 2006 there are many of us trying to continue his dream," said Ford-Hamilton.

"Remember that he had a great vision and we need to keep that alive," said Ernie Wright, a local resident.

"The dream is still alive and we need to keep that dream alive," said Robinson.


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